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Swine flu in Gurgaon: CMO asks residents not to worry and to treat virus normally
Swine flu has again made an appearance in Gurgaon and in the rest of India. One person has reportedly died in the city, while four other cases of swine flu has been identified. The person, who succumbed to the H1N1 virus was a 45 year old man, admitted in Medanta Medicity Hospital and was a resident of Jind. He is the first person, this season, to die of the virus.

He was admitted in Hospital on January 5 and was said to be suffering from pneumonia. It was on January 7 that his samples were diagnosed with H1N1 virus and he died on the very day. Talking about the patient and how his condition worsened, the Chairman, Medanta Institute of Critical Care, Dr. Yatin Mehta said, ''We sent his samples for H1N1 test on Monday itself. On Wednesday, we came to know that H1N1 virus was present in the sample. The flu worsened to ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), which caused widespread inflammation in the lungs and the patient succumb to the flu on Thursday,'' as was reported by Times of India.

Inspite of the four new cases of swine flu, the state health official are asking residents not to worry and to treat the flu as normal. Chief medical officer (CMO), Pushpa Bishnoi said, ''We have got clear directions from the state health department that swine flu should be treated as normal flu, as the virus is not very strong this time.'' Adding further to this, she also said that patients who are critical with breathlessness and blood in sputum are being kept in isolation wards.

She also requested people to get their samples tested from designated laboratories so that the virus can be identified at the earliest. There are only two such labs- Dr Lal Path Lab, NICD (National Institute of Communicable Diseases) centre in Delhi and PGI Chandigarh. Apart from four cases in the city, three cases have been recorded in Faridabad as well.

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